Ridership on the now defunct Blue Line saw a slight decrease over the last year, but the other three lines experienced substantial growth. From 2011 to 2013, the Gray Line's annual ridership grew from 30,760 to 59,380 and the Lincoln Line's ridership went from 23,460 to 50,184, according to Rabbittransit's data that excludes ridership between June 28 and July 7, during Gettysburg's sesquicentennial observation. Farr said 67,000 people rode Freedom Transit during those 10 days.
And ridership has increased among Gettysburg College students, according to Freedom Transit data provided by Rhoads. Four months in fiscal year 2010-11 saw more than 1,000 student riders, with one of those months exceeding 2,000 student riders.
Rhoads said college officials have found Freedom Transit to be very beneficial since it is not cost effective for the college to provide the same service to the college's nearly 2,600 students.
Patti Lawson, associate vice president for government and community relations at the college, said four years ago, a new policy at Gettysburg College prohibited first-year students from having cars on campus. She said the policy increased students' needs for alternative transportation methods.
"The college has supported Freedom Transit in the past," Lawson said. "We would hate to see the shuttle be discontinued. It's important for this community."
Municipal leaders, county officials and representatives from various community entities will hold a closed meeting Monday at Gettysburg National Military Park to see what might be done to save transit funding.
Supervisors from Straban and Cumberland townships, councilors from Gettysburg Borough, a county commissioner and department heads from Gettysburg College, the Gettysburg Foundation and the Gettysburg Convention and Visitors Bureau will be at Monday's talk.
"There's so much at stake here," said York Adams Transportation Authority board member Ted Streeter. "Public transportation is hard to introduce, but once it is, people come to depend upon it and then they yank it out from under them. It's just not the right thing to do."